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  1. The epidemiology of bipolar affective disorder.

    Article - En anglais

    This paper reviews the current position of studies on the epidemiology of bipolar affective disorder.

    A disorder that cannot be recognized until sometime after its onset poses special difficulties for epidemiological study.

    These are discussed and attempts made to solve them.

    Community psychiatric surveys suggest a morbid risk of bipolar disorder of around 2-2.5%, but probably include many false-positives.

    Studies of treated cases indicate a morbid risk of 0.5%, but will miss untreated cases.

    It is probably reasonable to suggest a compromise value of 1-1.5% ; bipolar disorder is thus still a rare condition.

    It is possible to quantify the unipolar-bipolar conversion rate, which is of the order of 5%, and it is of particular interest that female sufferers have proportionately fewer manic episodes.

    Age at onset, possible cohort phenomena, comorbidity, and sociodemographic correlates are discussed.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Trouble bipolaire, Trouble humeur, Epidémiologie, Incidence, Prévalence, Article synthèse, Etude transculturelle, Etude critique, Méthode mesure, Démographie, Statut social, Association morbide, Biais méthodologique, Etude cohorte, Santé mentale, Homme

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Bipolar disorder, Mood disorder, Epidemiology, Incidence, Prevalence, Review, Crosscultural study, Critical study, Measurement method, Demography, Social status, Concomitant disease, Methodological bias, Cohort study, Mental health, Human

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 96-0012833

    Code Inist : 002B18C07C. Création : 01/03/1996.